Travel Guide To USA

Indian Embassy in the USA

2107 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20008, USA

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a USA visa :

  • An Indian citizen must have a valid passport with a minimum of 2 blank pages for stamping. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States of America
  • Complete visitor visa application form DS-160 online
  • An application for fee payment
  • An appointment for the visa interview
  • Some additional documents which might be required during the interview include:
    • The purpose of your trip
    • Your tour details including the hotel bookings and flight bookings
    • Documents supporting your capability to pay all the costs during the journey or evidence that another individual will cover some or the entire cost for you on the trip

About the USA

The United States of America is not just the most powerful country in the world but also one of the most beautiful ones across the globe. If the architectural marvels of the country are not enough to entice you, you can also explore the scenic beauty to get an ultimate travel experience. The country has everything that a traveller can wish for– be it majestic mountain ranges, ravishing coastlines, lush green meadows or even golden deserts.

Top Places to Visit in the USA

Here are some of the most popular places to visit in the USA which you need to include in your travel bucket list:

  • New York City: You just cannot miss this one. Home to iconic tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Empire State Building and many others; New York has everything that will make your trip interesting and happening.

  • Florida: The Sunshine State of the USA, Florida brims with popular tourist attractions like Miami Beach, Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and many more.

  • Maine: Situated in the New England region of the US, Maine is an iconic city best for romantic trips. Some of the exciting places to visit here include Acadia National Park, Boothbay Harbor, Maine Maritime Museum and Nubble Lighthouse.

  • California: When in America, do not forget to explore California. Pfeiffer Beach, San Diego, Lava Beds National Monument, Yosemite Falls, Santa Cruz and San Francisco are some places you should explore in California.

  • Las Vegas: World-famous for its casinos, Las Vegas is perfect for your bachelorette trip. With grand casinos, luxurious hotels and top-notch restaurants, Las Vegas is adorned with wonderful places to visit in the USA.

  • Alaska: If you wish to explore the unexplored areas of the US, Alaska is best place to visit for you. Some of the hidden gems here to see are McHugh Creek, Humpy Cove, Harriman Fjord and Treadwell Ghost Town.

Other places to visit in the USA include Chicago, Washington, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park.

How to Reach

There are multiple international airports across the country in cities like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Chicago and many others. People travelling from India can either take a direct or connecting flight from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Some of the major airlines operating between the two countries include Air India, Aeroflot, United Airlines, Air China, Emirate, Turkish Airlines among others. Various transportation means are easily available outside the airports to help in traveling across the country.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and Autumn seasons are the best to visit the USA. With spring come the sunny afternoons adorned with beautiful flowers blooming everywhere. Similarly, Autumn brings a pleasant atmosphere that can make you fall in love with the beauty of the USA. However, if you are a winter person and wish to play in snow, visit the country during the months of December to February.

Things to Pack

Before you pack for the trip, do check the climate conditions of the region that you have planned to visit. It will help you determine what kind of things you need to pack. For instance, clothes and footwear usually depend on the weather conditions. However, there are various things that you must carry irrespective of the climate of the USA. Some of them are as follows:

  • Medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Important documents like travel insurance policy
  • Umbrella and sunglasses
  • Portable charger

Top Delicacies of the USA

You may have tasted many of the US delicacies in India. However, nothing can beat the feel of savouring those delicacies in the USA itself. Here are some of the most popular ones you should try on your trip:

  • Apple Pie: This sweet treat is one of the most popular dishes to try in America. This simple dish is prepared using buttery pastry, tart sliced apples and sugar. Some of the best places where you can relish Apple pies are Pie-O-Neer, Phone ahead and Kathy Knapp.

  • The Hamburger: Another famous dish in the US, Hamburger has won the hearts of people all across the world. Some of the places to have the best burgers are In-N-Out Burger in West Coast and The Spotted Pig in New York.

  • Tacos: To taste the best tacos ever head to Los Angeles which have a taqueria on every street corner. Once you have tasted the tacos at the famous El Huarache Azteca, you will not stop adding it to your favourite food list.

  • Hominy Grits: A basic but lip-smacking dish, Hominy Grits is served as a breakfast dish in the US. Blossom Restaurant in Charleston is one of the best places where you can relish this dish and enjoy your food tour.

  • Clam Chowder: A yummy fragrant soup sold all over Boston, Clam Chowder is filled with the flavours and textures of shellfish, potatoes and bacon. It is best enjoyed with a bread bowl.

Shopping List Essentials

Below are some of the best shopping hubs in the US where you can shop till you drop:

  • Rodeo Drive: This two-mile-long street has everything that can treat the fashionista in you. Be it high-end stores like Armani and Gucci or the common clothing brands like Guess and Banana Republic; you can have it all in this famous street market in Southern California.

  • Fifth Avenue: Nothing can beat the luxurious shopping experience of this famous street in New York. Whether you want to own the articles from iconic essentials like Lord & Taylor or grab some great deals at Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue offers you all.

  • Michigan Avenue: Located in Chicago, this is one of the popular tourist attractions in the US for the shopping lovers. There are thousands of shops selling everything that you want to buy. Visit the market at night and enjoy the twinkling lights decorated all over the market.

  • Las Vegas Boulevard: Las Vegas is not only famous for its grand casinos but also multitudes of stores that line up at this major road. You can also visit the Iconic Boulevard Mall Las Vegas located here.

  • Mall of America: With over 520 stores, 20 restaurants, and an indoor amusement park, Mall of America is the giant shopping hub you must explore when in Bloomington. As the mall is huge, it is advised that you get the free visitor’s kit to make the best of your shopping experience here.

Top Indian Restaurants

  • Indika
    Location: 516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
    Contact: +1 713-524-2170

  • Rasika
    Location: 633 D St NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.
    Contact: +1 202-637-1222

  • Bombay Darbar
    Location: 2901 Florida Ave (at Grand Ave), Miami, FL
    Contact: +1 305-444-7272

Healthcare Centres

Whenever travelling abroad, it is essential to be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings during the trip. Below is the list of some hospitals in the US you can contact during a medical emergency:

  • Bellevue Hospital
    Location: 462 First Avenue, New York, NY, United States
    Contact: 212-562-4141

  • Highland Hospital
    Location: 1411 E 31st St, Oakland, CA 94602, United States
    Contact: 510-437-4800

  • Mid Coast Hospital
    Location: 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick ME 04011
    Contact: (207) 373-6000

Moreover, you should buy a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. A travel insurance policy will help you in tracing the best hospitals in the region and getting the best treatment without worrying about the finances.


Dollar is the official currency of the United States of America. There are 12 denominations in bills including $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes.

Basics of Local Communication

The US has no official language, but English is the primary languages across the country. Therefore, you will not have any issues while travelling to different destinations.

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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.